The Best Western Silver Saddle is one of those old style motels from my 50's road trip childhood where you drive right up to your motel room door and all the kids pile out of the station wagon to get into their swim suits and head to the pool. Saying that, the only old style thing about this motel is parking in front of your door. It saved a lot of wear and tear on my back, not having to lug baggage down a hallway.
I reserved a suite which reminded me of a small apartment. The bedroom had a King size bed, wide screen TV, full bath, a "coffee center", additional sink, microwave and an extra sitting room/office. That room contained a large desk and chair with internet connection (I did not try), arm chair, another wide screen TV and access to a balcony with 2 deck chairs. The balcony and the sitting room had awesome views of the mountains. A gas fireplace in the sitting room makes it extra cozy.
The decor is tasteful, nothing looks worn or tattered, the suite had good lighting, and the entire unit was immaculate. This place would be an excellent retreat for someone to get some serious work done away from the "maddening crowd." Come here and write your memoirs or get a start on that best selling novel. Or bring your paints and create a masterpiece on the balcony. It's quiet, the mountain backdrop is inspirational, the air is crisp and clean.
The only caution I have is a safety issue and concerns the motel being located on busy Highway 34. When exiting the motel, unless you are driving down the Canyon towards Loveland, most visitors will want to turn left and cross what can be busy lanes of traffic going both ways, with somewhat limited views in one direction of oncoming traffic. At the risk of sounding like your Grandmother, Be careful when turning left! You can avoid the entire scene by turning right down 34, turn right again by the putt- putt place and back into town on Highway 36 with scenic views of Lake Estes.
Or better yet, leave your car and walk into town-maybe a three mile jaunt on well maintained sidewalks. Or in the summer and Fall there is a shuttle service into town and from the Chamber of Commerce (about 2 miles down the road), into the National Park. Check at the front desk for times.
With some planning and reasonably good health at altitude, it is possible to stay at this Best Western, enjoy the town of Estes and the National Park and avoid driving all together -at least in the Summer and Fall.
I can't wait to return here-maybe in a month or so when the elk start bugling and the aspen are turning. You can't beat the Colorado High Country in Autumn!
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Silver Saddle Hotel
- Best Western Plus Silver Saddle Hotel Estes Park
- Best Western Estes Park
- Estes Park Best Western
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Silver Saddle is located in the high mountain valley village of Estes Park, Colorado. All rooms, facilities and grounds are one-hundred percent non-smoking. A deluxe continental breakfast is served each morning. All rooms are air conditioned. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool (seasonal), indoor hot tub, coin laundry. Every room has a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator. ... more less
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